Action & Opportunities
results of this years budget advocacy
SHSC members advocated with three different mayors and 10 councilmembers this year for increased investments by the City of Seattle in 2018. You stayed on message, educating officials on the needs in their communities and the solutions- you told them, “We know what works. Bring the City of Seattle’s investment in solutions up to scale with the challenges faced by our communities.”
Your concerted advocacy resulted in an increased investment in 2018 of $9,850,942 for community health and human services and efforts to move us closer to becoming a just and thriving community. (See the full list of adds here). This is in addition to the $4,546,853 for 2018 we gained in 2016. Advocacy works and you do a great job of it!
You Can influence the City Budget
Mayor Burgess released his budget proposal for 2018 on Monday. The first budget hearing is coming up fast on Thurs, Oct 5th (next week!) so we wanted you to know right away how his proposal measures up to SHSC’s 2018 Budget Recommendation Portfolio.
The bottom line is that while the Mayor has proposed some new investments, including two from our portfolio, there is much more than can and should be done. The increase in homelessness investments he has proposed, for example, is just 3%. If our top priority as a city is to make Seattle a Just and Thriving Community, City Council must bring the City’s investment in solutions up to the scale of our challenges!
It will only happen if you MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
What happens next?
The ball is now in the Seattle City Council’s “court” and they will decide on the City’s 2018 budget in the next seven weeks.
There are two public hearings where your presence will make a difference:
Thursday, October 5th
Wednesday, November 1st
—both at 5:30pm at City Hall in Council Chambers, 2nd floor Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 98104.
You can make a difference by giving a 2-minute testimony at the hearings or just come and bring your friends to the hearing; we'll have RED scarves you can wear to show your support for human services funding.
Sign-in to testify usually starts at 4:30 or 5pm. Because many people come to the hearings, if you want to testify, but don’t want to stay too late, you may want to arrive as early as 3:30pm in order to secure an earlier speaking time, but they will keep the hearing open until everyone who wants to testify has done so.
What would it help to say?
Always start with your support of SHSC’s full package, then talk about the portion that you want to bring to their attention, or why the full package is important.
We support SHSC's 2018 budget recommendations to move us toward becoming a just and thriving community and we urge you to fund the full package.
Here are some ADDITIONAL POINTS:
- We appreciate the City's ongoing actions in sustaining community health and human services AND in the face of rising income inequality and increasing racial disproportionality, it is time to do more.
- We need to bring the City’s investment in solutions up to the scale of the challenges our communities are facing.
- All Seattle residents want to live in a just and thriving community and as our city councilmembers, your leadership is needed to direct public investments to do that.
- Each recommendation in the portfolio has been analyzed through the City's own Race and Social Justice Toolkit.
- Real people don't live in silos. The recommendations in the Portfolio have been created to cross "silos" for maximum impact and effectiveness.
- Let us tell you about the part of the portfolio we are most familiar with...(pick any portion or point and tell them why you support this specific portion of SHSC's portfolio. What is the impact of and need for these services?)
- Thank them!
If you know folks who can't make it to the hearing, they can contact Councilmembers directly before November 1st. Sooner is always better!
Sally Bagshaw, (206) 684-8801, email@example.com
Lorena Gonzalez, (206) 684-8802, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Harrell, (206) 684-8804, email@example.com
Lisa Herbold, (206) 684-8803, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Johnson, (206) 684-8808, email@example.com
Debora Juarez, (206) 684-8805, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike O'Brien, (206) 684-8800, email@example.com
Kshama Sawant, (206) 684-8016, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ninth councilmember will be appointed on October 6th to replace former councilmember Tim Burgess who is now mayor.
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At City Hall you can park in the SeaPark garage ½ block up Cherry St from City Hall for $5 after 4pm if you let them know you were at the public hearing. (If you park before 4pm, the regular rate will apply up until 4pm).
Council Chambers is ADA accessible, with an Induction Loop assistive listening system. To arrange for accommodations, contact customer support at (206) 684-8888; or TTY Relay 7-1-1; or visit http://seattle.gov/cityclerk/accommodations.
For more information, contact the Seattle Human Services Coalition, 206/325-7105, email@example.com
* Advocacy, Organizing & Capacity Building * Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence*
* Community Health Council of Seattle King County *
* Disability Services Committee * King County Early Learning Coalition * Meals Partnership Coalition *
*Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition* Seattle Food Committee *
* Seattle Helpline Coalition * Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness *
* Services for Seniors * Youth Development Executives of King County *
2017 candidates forum
FOR CITY OF SEATTLE Mayoral, Councilmember and City Attorney CANDIDATES
WHEN: September 20th, 5pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E Seattle
Do You Have Questions About Immigrant Rights, human services, and sanctuary?
March 20, 2017
With the recent changes at the federal level impacting lives at the local level, SHSC members have been raising questions about the role, rights, and responsibilities of community health and human service providers in immigration enforcement and sanctuary
Here are some of the common questions providers have raised with links to the answers and further resources. Our thanks to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) for providing much of this resource info and for the vital, effective work they do! Thanks to SHSC’s new Operations Administrator, Kimberly Alfonzo Chae, for her work tracking down many of the answers.
1. What can human service providers do to help program participants and employees feel more secure? Resource Page
2. What should or can providers do if ICE shows up at their facility? Resource Page
3. What should providers and program participants do now, BEFORE interacting with immigration officials, to prepare? Resource Page
For answers to these questions and more, go to SHSC’s Resource Page on sanctuary and human services.
Let us know what you run into!
SHSC supports real soLUtions for community safety
SHSC's 2017-18 Budget Rec Portfolio delivered to the Mayor's Office
SHSC's City Budget Task Force has delivered to the Mayor's Office, a portfolio of SHSC members' recommendations of what we need to do in the 2017-18 budget to come closer to our shared vision of a just and thriving community--one where all Seattle residents can reach their full potential.
We're excited about this portfolio, coordinated and assembled via this year's new process, and encourage you to take a look at the SHSC 2017-18 budget recommendation portfolio for more details.
Your voice counts! Whether the recommended investments in SHSC's budget portfolio are added depends on your demonstrated community support. We know the city of Seattle has the resources to ensure that all Seattle residents can reach their full potential; we know it's a question of priorities. Ask Mayor Murray and the City Council, "What are your priorities?"
More info on advocacy opportunities upcoming!
shsc letter to mayor murray & city council: "sweeping" encampments not a real solution for homelessness
Read the Seattle Human services COALITION'S PRIORITIES FOR 2016
CONGRATULATIONS! CITY OF SEATTLE 2016 BUDGET SUMMARY
Congratulations to everyone who advocated for more funding to help Seattle residents meet their basic human needs in 2016. Mayor Murray and Councilmembers added a record $17,382,286 to the endorsed 2016 budget for services and structures to address a wide variety of issues across our communities.
At the same time the Mayor and Councilmembers cut the 2016 inflation adjustment for all HSD contracts to below the rate of inflation for service delivery AND failed to step up to the challenge of effectively mitigating the upcoming impacts of the rising minimum wage on human services, which goes up another step on January 1st.
Your hard work paid off in many areas for our communities. Our appreciation also goes out to the SHSC leaders who served on SHSC’s City Budget Task Force this year. Advocacy works!
LAST CHANCE TO INFLUENCE CITY OF SEATTLE 2016 BUDGET
City Councilmembers will be making all their budget decisions in the next few days.
Come to City Council Chambers Monday morning, November 16th, starting at 10 am and be a witness in a red scarf as the Budget Committee takes their votes on all adds and cuts.
YOU DID IT! BEST STARTS FOR KIDS PASSED
Congratulations on the success of King County Prop 1,
Best Starts for Kids!
MAYOR AND KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY ON HOMELESSNESS, ADVOCACY NEEDED TO CITY COUNCIL NOW!
minimum wage mitigation needed to prevent cuts in human services
SHSC recommends immediate implementation of Phased Mitigation Plan.
KEEPING UP WITH THE CITY BUDGET? THE STUDENTS AT CENTER SCHOOL ARE.
Listen to the Public Service Announcements they made.
Read Center School students' guest column, "Health, Human Services Deserve More Funding," in Queen Anne & Magnolia News.
For more information about SHSC's budget recommendations, visit our Actions & Opportunities page.
2016 CITY BUDGET HEARINGS
Did you know Mayor Murray has proposed a cut to all City HSD contracts, including yours?
- Are needs increasing in your communities?
- What funding is necessary to make sure the rising minimum wage does not result in cuts to human services?
The Seattle City Council is making 2016 budget decisions in the next four weeks. There is only one public hearing remaining: Tuesday, Oct 20th, 5:30pm at City Hall.
Although the economy is reported to be recovering, this economy is also falling short for at least half of the people of Seattle. More and more people continue to come to us for help.
The Mayor has failed in his commitment not to cut human services in three ways:
- proposing a budget that cuts the 2016 inflation adjustment from 2.3% to just 0.8% on all HSD contracts;
- not proposing enough funding to make up for increased costs due to rising minimum wage. Both of these will result in cuts to services starting in 2016.
- AND a 50% cut in human services advocacy work at the state level that benefits Seattle residents.
His proposal does include incremental funding increases in some areas, but not enough investment to address the state of emergency in our communities right now and not enough to see the change we all want in our communities.
See the full SHSC budget recommendation package for a Just and Thriving Community for more details, including proposed investments from SHSC's recommendation package and other proposed investments SHSC supports.
Good News: Your voice counts! Whether our inflationary adjustment is restored, minimum wage is mitigated, or the recommended investments in SHSC's package are added depends on if you demonstrate community support for these investments.
The last budget hearing is Tuesday, October 20th.
Give a 2 min. testimony at the public hearings or just come to the hearing; we'll have RED scarves you can wear to show your support. Find more information on messaging here.
Tuesday, October 20th at Council Chambers, 2nd floor Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 98104, 5 pm sign-in, 5:30 pm hearing begins.
SHSC MEMBERS ADVOCATE AT OCTOBER 5TH CITY BUDGET HEARING
BEST STARTS FOR KIDS
Secure your agency's endorsement for the Best Starts for Kids levy! Here is sample resolution language, if that is helpful. Send to Alliance Coordinator Pam Raphael when completed, firstname.lastname@example.org
After ten years working towards it, we now have a dedicated , adequate, stable revenue source for regional community health and human services on the November ballot: Best Starts for Kids! This will mean $60m each year for support kids need to fully develop their potential, including solutions to address domestic violence, hunger, and homelessness.
WAGE THEFT ORDINANCE
Do your constituents have an interest in good systems to prevent wage theft? The City of Seattle is engaged in a process to iron out the rules needed to enact the Wage Theft Ordinance. It is still being shaped right now. If you have an interest in how this looks, act now.
COALITION HUMAN RIGHTS LEADEr Award
- On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2014, the Seattle Human Rights Commission awarded the Seattle Human Services Coalition the Coalition Human Rights Leader award.
- SHSC co-chair, Patricia Hayden, accepted the award on behalf of SHSC.
SHSC MEMBERS ADVOCATE AT CITY BUDGET HEARINGS
- The many advocates of SHSC's 2015-16 Budget Recommendations Package wore orange scarves to show their support for the package at the October 7th City Budget Hearings. See more pictures.
- SHSC Co-Chair, Patricia Hayden delivered SHSC's testimony at the October 7th, City Budget Hearings at Garfield Community Center. Read SHSC's message.
- King 5's coverage of the October 7th, City Budget Hearing.
ACTION NEEDED TO PREVENT FAILURE OF NEW MINIMUM WAGE POLICY
SHSC leadership reminds City Council and Mayor Murray that a comprehensive study and plan are needed to prevent cuts in human services for Seattle residents due to new minimum wage policy. See complete set of the actions recommended here.
YOU CAN'T MAKE CHANGE WITH A BUSINESS AS USUAL BUDGET
Pictured in the banner above: the SHSC team who presented the budget rec package to Mayor Murray; City Budget Task Force Co-Chairs Johnny Otto and Julia Ismael, holding the package in the front row surrounded by experts in community health and human services, Alison Alfonzo Pence, MJ Kiser, Deeann Puffert, Regent Brown, Merril Cousin, Mark Secord, Julia Sterkovsky, SHSC Co-Chairs Steve Daschle and Patricia Hayden, and Jessica Werner.
SHSC representatives presented Mayor Murray with the SHSC’s package of 2015-16 City of Seattle Budget Recommendations for a Just and Thriving Community in August and met with each member of City Council in September.
The 2015-16 package has a new central organizing question, one we heard many city councilmembers ask us last fall: “What would it take to move the needle?” That is, what are the actions needed in order to see positive changes in our communities.This package was also developed in a new way. We focused on reducing racial disproportionality in outcomes and reducing the negative effects of the artificial silos of services into which the system has traditionally been organized. Get a complete copy.
INTRODUCING THE AGENDA FOR A JUST & THRIVING COMMUNITY
We choose to build, nurture, and sustain a just community where all people have access to the
basic necessities, opportunities, and resources to survive and thrive. The “Agenda for a Just and
Thriving Community” is designed to promote the creation of a society in which everyone has equal
access to adequate resources. Learn more.
SHSC RAISES ISSUES WITH MAYOR MURRAY
SIGN ON TO STRENGTHEN INCENTIVE ZONING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Having an adequate supply of housing in Seattle that is affordable to people of all incomes is integral to strong, healthy communities. The Seattle Human Services Coalition has added our voice to a collaborative effort to strengthen the incentives for developers in Seattle to include affordable housing in their projects.
We urge you to sign the Growing Together Coalition petition and we urge your organization to endorse stronger incentives. Sign the Petition.
SHSC recognizes the importance of a livable minimum wage in addressing poverty in our community. SHSC fully supports raising the minimum wage for all human services workers (and others) to $15/hr. We are also acutely aware that this call for raising the minimum wage must be done in such a way that does not result in a decrease in urgently needed services; any solution must take into account the impact on the vulnerable people we serve. Read more...